How to Fix AirPods Pro 2nd Generation Static Noises

Written by: Joanavi Fernan


11 Steps To Solve AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Static Noise Issue

Apple's AirPods have become a staple for many. However, sometimes users may experience crackling or static noise while using them. While this issue is most familiar with the AirPods Pro 2, it can also occur with other models. In this post, we will take you through a step-by-step guide to resolve this issue.

Understanding The Problem

Before we go through the solutions, it's important to understand why this problem occurs. There could be several reasons, ranging from connectivity issues to problems with the device's charge level. Now, let's go through the steps to solve these issues.

Step 1: Ensure Proper Range

Ensure that your AirPods Pro 2nd Gen are within range of the device they're connected to. If you lose the distance, this could cause static noise. So, always ensure your AirPods are close enough to your Apple device or any other device they're connected to.

Step 2: Refresh Network Connection

The next step involves refreshing your device's network connection. This can be easily done by putting your AirPods Pro 2nd Gen in airplane mode briefly and then turning it back off. This quick switch refreshes your internet connection and Bluetooth devices. This step is ideal to resolve any connectivity issues causing static or crackling noise.

Step 3: Charge Your AirPods

If you're still facing issues, the problem could be with the charge level of your AirPods. Sometimes, the indicated charge level might not be accurate. If it's running low, it could cause static noise from Airpods Pro.

To solve this, put your AirPods Pro 2nd Gen back in their case for a few minutes to let them charge. While you're at it, it's recommended to charge your AirPods Pro fully. This is because low battery levels on either the AirPods or their case could lead to static noise.

11 Steps To Solve  AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Static Noise Issue

Step 4: Check Battery Status

You can check the battery status of your AirPods from your iPhone's settings. If you're connected to Bluetooth, click on it, and a menu showing the battery status will pop up. Alternatively, you can add a battery widget to your home screen for easy access.

To do so, press and hold the home screen, then click the plus icon. From there, select the battery widget and add it to your screen. This will allow you to monitor the battery status of each pod easily.

Step 5: Disconnect and Reconnect your AirPods

Once your AirPods Pro 2nd Gen are fully charged, the next quick step is to disconnect and reconnect them. This can often resolve any lingering connectivity issues. Here's how to do it:

  • Navigate to 'Settings' on your iPhone.
  • Tap on 'Bluetooth'.Find your AirPods on the list and tap the info button (i).
  • Select 'Disconnect', then 'Reconnect'.

This is a simple and easy way to refresh the connection between your device and your AirPods.

Step 6: Adjust Headphone Accommodations

Next, while your AirPods are connected, you'll want to check your iPhone's 'Headphone Accommodations' settings. This can help if you're experiencing a crackling noise. Here's how:

  • Go to 'Settings'.Tap on 'Accessibility.
  • 'Scroll down and tap on 'Audio/Visual'.
  • Under 'Headphone Accommodations,' you'll see options for 'Slight,' 'Moderate,' and 'Strong.' 'Slight' is usually the best setting, but you can test out 'Moderate' and 'Strong' to see which works best for you.

Step 7: Test Different Music Apps

If you're still experiencing Airpods Pro static noise issues, try testing different music apps. The problem might not be with your AirPods Pro 2nd Gen but with the specific app, you're using. Try using Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, or other music apps to see if the issue persists across all platforms. If the issue seems to be isolated to one app, you may need to troubleshoot that particular app.

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Step 8: Clean Your AirPods and Case

Another important step is to ensure your AirPods Pro 2nd Gen and their case are clean. Sometimes, dirt or debris in the charging case can interfere with the connection between the case and the charger, leading to audio issues.

Use a Q-tip or a similar cleaning tool to gently clean the charging contacts in the case gently and on the AirPods themselves. Be sure to clean the AirPods tips and check for any damage. If the tips are damaged, they may need to be replaced.

Step 9: Check the Settings on Your AirPods

If the issue persists after trying all these steps, it's time to dig deeper into your phone's settings. A specific setting might be causing the issue with your AirPods Pro 2nd Gen. To start, let's check the settings on your AirPods. Pull down the menu on your iPhone and select 'Settings'. Then, navigate to 'Bluetooth' and find your connected AirPods. Tap on the 'i' icon next to your AirPods.

Here, you will find options for noise cancellation and transparency mode. If either of these is on, I recommend turning it off. Sometimes, these features can interfere with the music and cause the rattling, crackling, or static noise you're experiencing. Try keeping these settings off when listening to music.

Step 10: Update the Firmware

The firmware updates automatically when you update your iPhone. So, to update the firmware, you'll need to update your iPhone. Go to 'Settings,' select 'General,' then tap 'Software Update.' If an update is available, download and install it.

You can also check the version of the firmware your AirPods Pro 2nd Gen is running. To do this, go back to the 'Bluetooth' settings, tap the 'i' icon next to your AirPods, and scroll down to the bottom. You'll see the current firmware version here.

Remember that the update can take around 30 to 45 minutes to complete, so ensure you have enough time before starting the process.

Step 11: Disconnect and Reconnect Your AirPods

If you're still experiencing issues, it might be time to disconnect and forget your AirPods Pro 2nd Gen from your device completely and then reconnect them. Here's how:

  • Go to 'Bluetooth' in your 'Settings'.Tap on the 'i' icon next to your AirPods.
  • Scroll down and tap on 'Forget This Device'.
  • After doing this, you'll need to reset your AirPods. 
  • To do this, hold the button on the back of the charging case for about 15 to 20 seconds. The light on the front of the case will change color, indicating that the AirPods have been reset.
  • Now, open the lid of the AirPods case near your iPhone and follow the prompts to reconnect your AirPods.

Final Thoughts

By following these steps, you should be able to resolve any AirPods 2nd generation crackling noise issues. Remember, if all else fails, feel free to contact Apple Support anytime. They're there to help!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I connect my AirPods to a non-Apple device like an Android phone?

You can connect your AirPods to a non-Apple device using Bluetooth. Even though you won't be able to use Siri, you can still listen to audio and make calls. Here are the steps to follow:

1. On your Android device or any other non-Apple device, navigate to the Bluetooth settings. 

2. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on. You can find this under Settings > Connections > Bluetooth if you're using an Android device.

3. Next, open the lid and ensure your AirPods are in their charging case.

4. Now, press and hold the setup button on the back of the AirPods case until the status light starts flashing white.

Once your AirPods appear in the list of available Bluetooth devices on your non-Apple device, select them to pair.

What iPhone models are the AirPods Pro 2nd Gen compatible with?

The AirPods Pro 2nd Gen is compatible with all iPhone models that support iOS 13.2 or later. This includes iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and later models.

What should I do if my AirPods Pro 2nd Gen won't connect?

If your AirPods Pro doesn't connect, try resetting them by pressing and holding the button on the back of the charging case for about 15 seconds until the status light flashes amber.

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Joan F.

I'm a tech nerd who's obsessed with technology and innovation. With plenty of experience in the tech world, I enjoy sharing tips and tricks to help folks get the most out of their devices. When I'm not glued to my screen, you can find me hiking or cooking up in the kitchen.